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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo "When God sends forth a special living soul to learn the ways of the earth, an earthly mother's love is waiting; we call this wonder birth. When God calls home a loving earthly soul and stills a fleeting breath, a Heavenly Father's love is waiting; this too is birth, not death."

I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
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Sixty eight years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 61 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty six years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 32 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for over 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 26 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 950 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For over 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.

I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!


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Sorry, I have to laugh.... recently seen on a gravestone, (wife's, Jo Ann's stone) "DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY, I AM NOT HERE, I DID NOT DIE" ...alongside on the husband's stone, "JO ANN - IF WE DID NOT DIE, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?".... [ I SAID I'm sorry! ]
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Collins Crapo
Luella #11089887 & Luetta Williams #11089892
Look at the headstone. Luella & Luetta Williams were twins, who died in infancy just 3 days apart. I have noted thus on both their bios in hopes of clarifying that the pages are not duplicates.
Added by Collins Crapo on May 25, 2017 10:39 PM
David ~ Effie
Thanks for the info,did some research and added some items,David .
Added by David ~ Effie on May 21, 2017 6:36 PM
Patsy Conlon
RE: James Anderson
Your are so welcome for the info.
Patsy :) Thank you for the edit as well.
Added by Patsy Conlon on May 20, 2017 11:59 AM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: 14593599 Delia Kristalyn
It looks like Menno died in 1945 and Delia lived another 13 years. It's very possible she remarried. Quite often I see older couples remarry after the death of a spouse, but then get buried with the first spouses because of having children together and longer marriages with the first ones.

I am finding Menno and Delia's kids now and also her mother, but not her father.

Thanks for putting me on the right track with the additional info.
Added by Sandy Vandertol on May 19, 2017 8:55 PM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: 14593599 Delia Kristalyn
There is only one Delia Bush in Riverside Cemetery
This is how it is listed in the records:

BUSH Delia Timmons Plot: 05 006 07 Interred: 9/27/1958
Here is the link to find the interments:

BUSH Menno Plot: 05 006 09 Interment: 6/18/1945

I don't know why Timmons is listed in the record for Delia as her maiden name, unless there was another marriage and Timmons was a second marriage name. The plot number matches up with Menno Bush and although there are Timmons in Riverside, I couldn't find a Timmons who would closely align with plot number for her.

I'll search on for more info.
Added by Sandy Vandertol on May 19, 2017 8:21 PM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: 14593599 Delia Kristalyn
Thank you for additional information. Let me take another look.
Added by Sandy Vandertol on May 19, 2017 8:11 PM
RE: 82996429 - Nancy Whtaker
I recall that he was sentenced to ten years. On the tour, they said his mom asked him to help her with some chores, and he didn't want to, so he shot her. On the Idaho Pen. website: "James "Jimmie" Whitaker was an avid baseball fan and loved playing catch with the other inmates [their team was the "Convicts"]. He murdered his mother at the age of 11 and spent 9 years inside the Penitentiary here." (they didn't keep him in the general prison population, but with a lower security group in the building that housed a barbershop). Wow, it didn't hit me she was in her late thirties/early forties through the miscarriages. It threw me off a little, because her husband also was a twin, so there were duplicate names.
Added by Andalucia on May 17, 2017 12:46 PM
RE: 82996429 - Nancy Whtaker
I visited the Old Idaho Penetentiary with my ten year old daughter, and she was intrigued by the story of the eleven year old who killed his own mother, so I looked for more information. James Green Whitaker killed hims mother Nancy in 1912, and the younger brother is listed on the 1910 census. has a family tree that mentions William Willis Whitaker. He seems to have gone by Willis. 20 Jan 1989 Denver, Adams, Colorado, USA
Here is the social security death record: Name: Willis W. Whitaker
SSN: 545-07-1589
Last Residence:
80221 Denver, Adams, Colorado, USA
BORN: 11 Dec 1903
Died: 20 Jan 1989
State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)
I couldn't find a grave for him.
Added by Andalucia on May 15, 2017 9:58 PM
Mary Bandy
I had the gravestone picture moved from my sponsored memorial of Mary Bandy to yours. Then I deleted my duplicate memorial. Thanks for all of the work you have done on linking family members.

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Added by JAG2 on May 12, 2017 2:03 PM
Terry Waltermire
RE: 133951572
Westerville, OH is doing a really nice job of documenting their cemeteries. I thought you might want to see these:

Added by Terry Waltermire on May 05, 2017 10:16 AM
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